By Barbara Chai
New York’s ABC Home and Blue Cliff Monastery will host the U.S. premiere of Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy exhibit this fall, displaying 88 original works of calligraphy by the Buddhist monk and spiritual leader.
Thich Nhat Hanh, who is also known as Thay, has incorporated calligraphy in his meditative practice for more than two decades. He drinks a cup of Chinese black tea before sitting to write, and adds drops of tea into the calligraphy ink. His pieces show an energy and life force within each brush stroke, said Sister Chan Khong, who has studied and worked with Thay for more than 50 years.
- breathe you are alive. just breathing and becoming aware that we are still alive can bring us great happiness. when we breathe mindfully, we reclaim our territory of body and mind and we encounter life in the present moment. from the U.S. premiere exhibition: calligraphic meditation: the mindful art of Thich Nhat Hanh, abc home, Sept. 7-Dec. 31
- go as a river. without a community or sangha, we cannot go far. the sangha is our body and we are like the cells of the same organism. when we walk, we walk as one. when we sit, we sit as one. we practice collectively and move forward on our spiritual path as one body of water.
- i have arrived i am home. this phrase is a great reminder for us to practice arriving in the here and now. when we are fully present in the here and now, we feel this is our true home.
- no mud no lotus. the lotus flower cannot be there without the mud. likewise, happiness cannot be there without suffering. looking deeply into our suffering, we gain an understanding of it, which gives happiness a chance to blossom. thus, the lotus does not have to reject the mud, and the beauty of the lotus actually gives value to the mud.
- zen circle. the zen circle has multiple significances: emptiness, full of the cosmos, space, everything inter-is.